Very few attitudes have the positive effect that gratitude has. Study upon study brings out the beauty of gratitude, some of these reports are quite refreshing.
There is a growing body of research that suggests gratitude can have positive effects on physical and mental well-being. Some studies have found that people who regularly practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and are more likely to exercise and get regular check-ups. They also tend to report feeling more positive emotions, less depression and stress, and stronger relationships. Gratitude is as effective as medicine!
If you are interested in actual case studies on gratitude, here are a few for your personal consumption
1. A study published in the journal “Behaviour Research and Therapy” in 2010 found that people with neuromuscular disease who kept a gratitude journal for eight weeks reported better sleep, less fatigue, and greater overall well-being compared to a control group.
2. A study published in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences” in 2011 found that people who scored higher on a gratitude questionnaire had greater overall well-being and were more satisfied with their lives compared to those who scored lower.
3. A study published in the “Journal of Positive Psychology” in 2012 found that participants who wrote a letter expressing gratitude to someone who had positively impacted their life reported greater well-being, stronger relationships, and fewer illness symptoms than a control group.
4. A study published in the “Journal of Social Psychology” in 2013 found that people who practiced gratitude by counting their blessings for two weeks reported greater well-being, stronger relationships, and less stress compared to a control group.
5. A study published in the “Journal of Clinical Psychology” in 2018 found that veterans who practiced gratitude by writing thank-you letters to people who had helped them during their service reported reduced symptoms of PTSD, increased well-being and improved overall mental health.
It should be clear to you already how potent gratitude is.
The question then is how do I express gratitude? What can I add to my habits to make gratitude my lifestyle? Gratitude can be expressed in many ways, such as
1. Acknowledging God in all things: Knowing that God is making everything to favor you changes how we see even seemingly horrible events.
2. Keeping a gratitude journal: Or dedicate a book to documenting what you are grateful for daily. The Dear Entrepreneurial Journal that comes with the premium copy of “Dear Entrepreneur” is very useful for this. Get your copy.
3. Writing thank-you notes: Find someone to show appreciation from time to time. Don’t be entitled.
4. Simply taking a moment each day to think about things for which one is grateful: Those who think, thank.
5. Simply listing the things you are grateful for: Count your blessings, and name them one by one; it will surprise you what God has done.
6. Feed your mind with gratitude thoughts: When you complain or lament, switch back to praise.
These are good habits to add, but to be honest, living with gratitude is not easy. As a friend said, it’s one of those things that is easier said than done. We can all be more grateful by practicing gratitude habits and consciously staying off the gratitude destroyers. Are there things that destroy our capacity to be grateful? Yes! We will share more about them in the future. If you have enjoyed today’s information, don’t enjoy it alone, subscribe, and share with friends so they can read and subscribe too.